Box and IBM have announced that they will work together to bring the power of Watson AI to more companies.
During the Box Works 2018 event in San Francisco, Box CEO Aaron Levie joined IBM on the podium with David Kenny, who noted that AI is becoming an ever more vital workplace tool.
When he was questioned about the current development of AI, Kenny noticed that the sooner companies use the technology, the better, with those organizations that have already come on board early and already see a remarkable competitive advantage.
"Companies have unique needs," Kenny said, "and our ability to be the fastest makes the difference."
He added, however, that AI is a constantly growing and evolving technology and that this edition may even have gone further than IBM's expectations next year.
"It's still quite early," Kenny said, "we are still in the creep phase in contrast to the walk and then run … (but) the acceleration is now measured in days, not years."
Watson AI skills
Kenny joined Box Works with Levie to show that Watson will deliver the very first custom skills built with the Box Skills Kit.
The two new offers are customized image insights with Watson Visual Recognition, which allow image data to be quickly analyzed for easy search.
This is already used in US legal support, where the service can be used to quickly analyze audio and video files used in legal deposition to find important data.
Launch is also a tailor-made document insight with Watson Natural Language Understanding, which automatically marks documents stored in Box so users can quickly find what they need, such as research documents, maintenance manuals and legal documents.
This skill helps customers of two Canadian banks to quickly and easily collect data from different loan or bank forms for new applicants.
"It has made the work more interesting because the work can be done by Box Customer Skills, and people can think more," Kenny remarked.